I see other bloggers do these kinds of posts at the end of the year each year and now I can finally do one! 😀 This was really fun to put together. To see all our site stats for the year and reflect on how far we have come! We have people going to our website every-single-day now. It took a while (and a lot of work) to get here. The year started out with some pretty good posts going out. This was while I was still working too. Then I was home full-time starting June 1st. I wanted to have more time to take care of myself and my family, and work more on the blog. Well, things went bad. Our website crashed, and after we worked hard to fix some of the damage and get back up and running, my laptop crashed. I thought I lost everything, until my husband was able to recover most of my files. I was close to giving up but didn’t. I kept plugging along, trying to do at least 1 post a week, sometimes 2. I love doing this and will keep trying! 🙂
Highlights from the Year:
- We started our first real organic garden and had a crazy amount of zucchini. 17 small zucchinis and 8 big ones! I may have even missed a few when trying to keep count. We grew our own pumpkins and I made pumpkin puree.
- We went on our first camping trip since eating all organic foods, and since I was diagnosed with Fibro.
- I participated in a couple blogging webinars and learned so much! I got great feedback from a big-time blogger on what we can do to improve our site.
- I was chosen to be a cookbook ambassador for the 100 Days of Real Food cookbook, and the Deliciously Organic Grain-Free Family Table cookbook. I received a copy of each cookbook and posted my review.
- I started making all of my daughter’s school lunches. Every.single.day. And we came up with some good stuff!
- Some people have reached out to us through our page with questions or to tell their story. There have been really nice compliments about our site like “I am really loving this page!” “Thanks for all you do.” “Your last post spoke personally to me…..Thank you for posting that.” I love to hear the stories, answer questions, and the compliments of course. 😉
- I made good friends with another food blogger! She has helped me tremendously and is a great mentor. She also got me to use my bread machine that had been sitting in a cupboard for 10 years! I now make homemade bread every week. 🙂
- We had a crazy # of views on a post at the end of this year. I was in complete shock… It’s #1 listed below.
And now for the countdown of our Top 10 Posts of 2014!
My son LOVES this pudding. My daughter is not too sure about it. She wants to like it. But she has always gone towards foods that are much sweeter and probably wouldn’t be happy unless it was a sugary chocolate pudding.
We hardly ever get sick, and when we do it usually isn’t for very long. This post includes what we do to prevent getting sick, and what we do to treat illness when we do get sick. And why we no longer get the flu shot!
I was chosen to be a cookbook ambassador for the 100 Days of Real Food cookbook! This is my review, and also a story about being chosen.
#7 – The Lunch Rotation
This was my first post on lunches I made for my daughter. We usually rotated between the lunches listed in the post but she was also having school lunch sometimes until Fall of this year. Then we started making her lunch every day. She no longer has school lunch except for the Thanksgiving feast and the BBQ lunch in the Spring.
#6 – Party Appetizers
I created this post last year for New Year’s Eve appetizer ideas. Of course these appetizers can be used anytime throughout the year. I’m making the jalapeño poppers and some deviled eggs for tonight!
This is my daughter’s story about her dental problems, behavioral problems, and the seizures she has had. She hasn’t had one since July and I hope we keep it that way! After the seizure in July, she received a diagnoses. That’s included in the post. She is supposed to outgrow these and doesn’t have to be on meds! 🙂
This is my personal story on being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and what I think may have caused this to come on.
What I try to do on a daily basis to survive Fibro. Sometimes it’s on a weekly basis but we just have to try our best. Do what we can, when we can.
#2 – How I Lost 30 Pounds
I couldn’t believe the way the weight was shedding off after we changed our diet. My clothes were getting looser and looser. I wasn’t trying to lose weight. I just wanted to feel better. And I did, with also losing weight in the process. I know everyone is different but this is what I did that caused the weight-loss.
And now for the #1 spot of the most views we have ever had on our website….
This post had 533 views! Most are from Christmas Eve. I was in shock…
There you go! Our highlights and top posts of 2014. For 2015, what would you guys like to see? What kind of posts or recipes? What improvements should we make to our site? Any feedback is much appreciated. Please leave a comment below on anything we should change or add. Or if you just want to let us know how we are doing, that would be great too. Happy New Year!!! 😀